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Hercules Raising his Club: Study for “Hercules and Cacus”

A work made of black chalk, with white chalk, on buff laid paper, laid down on laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk, with white chalk, on buff laid paper, laid down on laid paper.

Date:

1717

Artist:

François Lemoyne
French, 1688–1737

About this artwork

Using only black chalk heightened with white to convey flesh tones, François Lemoyne convincingly depicted the hero Hercules in full swing, fully embodied and activated, and positioned surprisingly like a baseball player at bat. One of two known studies for the figure in Lemoyne’s painting Hercules Clubbing Cacus, this sheet powerfully conveys the artist’s graphic skill.

The painting illustrates the 10th labor of Hercules, in which the hero was commanded to bring the monster Geryon’s cattle back to Rome. After discovering that the giant Cacus stole several of the cattle, Hercules clubs him to death.

Status

On loan

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

François Le Moyne

Title

Hercules Raising his Club: Study for “Hercules and Cacus”

Origin

France

Date

1717

Medium

Black chalk, with white chalk, on buff laid paper, laid down on laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, lower left, black ink: "a."

Dimensions

410 × 247 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.880

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